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Taxi Hits Two Pedestrians In Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, news reports note that a taxi hit two pedestrians last month.  One of the pedestrians unfortunately passed away as a result.  According to reports of the accident, the taxi initially collided with another car before going onto the curb.  It then hit the walkers as they were crossing the street. The accident caused a section of the city to close and many emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene.  Sadly, this is a situation which likely could have been avoided if drivers had taken more care in the city steets.  

Pedestrian accidents are frightening and occur without warning.  Additionally, the consequences of pedestrian accidents can also be emotionally and physically damaging. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and services the western and central Pennsylvania area.  If you feel that you have been wrongfully hurt in a pedestrian accident and would like to consult with him about a possible personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Pedestrian Killed In Downtown Pittsburgh

Over the weekend, a woman in Pittsburgh was struck and killed by a shuttle bus as she was crossing the street.  The accident, which occurred around 7:00AM on Saturday morning, happened while the woman was walking through a crosswalk.  The area's Accident Investigators Unit is looking further into the case.  

It is extremely unfortunate that things like this continue to happen in our community.  It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas.

It is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

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Pedestrian Accident Injures Local Teenager

Recently, a young boy was a victim in a pedestrian accident in Westmont, PA.  According to local news reports, the thirteen-year-old was trying to cross a street when he stepped out in front of a car and was hit.  Accident reconstruction specialists were noted to be working at the scene to determine the specifics of the accident.  


Pedestrian accidents are frightening and occur without warning.  Additionally, the consequences of pedestrian accidents can also be emotionally and physically damaging. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a lawyer specializing in personal injury and services the western and central Pennsylvania area.  If you feel that you have been wrongfully hurt in a pedestrian accident and would like to consult with him about a possible personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

Biking, Motorcycle, Pedestrian Deaths in PA Are Preventable

It's not so safe to be a pedestrian or bicyclist in our state sometimes.  A review of recent PennDOT statistics shed light into just how many accidents occur on our state's roads and byways per year.  Using statistics from 2014 accidents, our law office found the following information:

  • There were 166 pedestrian deaths and almost 4,000 pedestrian injuries
  • While out biking on our state's roads, almost 20 bicyclists were killed and about another 1,300 were injured
  • Motorcyclists suffered their share of injuries (3,207) and deaths (187), too 

The saddest part is that these statistics are completely preventable if we all take some care on our roads.  When you're out at night, whether walking or biking, always remember to wear bright and reflective clothing! Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp to further increase your visibility.  Signal where you're going so nearby drivers have an idea of where you're headed.  

If you're driving, make sure to give these people their space! Don't follow them or drive near them at a high rate of speed, and share the road.  Obviously, don't do any of these activities drunk or under the influence of any type of drug.  

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your potential personal injury claim, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

State College Is Officially Bike Friendly!

Our fingers are crossed for State College and the surrounding areas! According to a report from the Daily Collegian, the area is up for renewal for an official state "bike-friendly designation".  Other officially designated bike-friendly communities in the state include Pittsburgh, Reading, and York. The State College area is hoping to obtain a silver-level designation, which would be an improvement from their current bronze level status.  Within the article, it is stated that the community is on board with this idea, and even started a mandatory driver's education course at the State College Area High School that has extensive study on bike safety.  Some businesses in the community have also reached bike-friendly status as well, and officially support this initiative.  

Throughout the warmer months and through the end of fall, many people gravitate outside to run, bike, walk, and spend time with their families. Although this can provide an excellent outlet for fun and recreation, it can also lead to potential bicycle and pedestrian accidents. When driving around, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.

Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.

For more within the original Daily Collegian article, please click here:

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/borough/article_2323ec0c-958e-11e6-9a84-17ccb20760df.html

Don't Let Halloween Hazards Spook You!

Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group.  How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:


  • Cross at designated crosswalks, don't cross the street between parked cars or in the middle of a block.
  • Wear reflective tape on your costume, or put it on kids' candy bags
  • Add glow sticks! Kids can wear them as bracelets or necklaces, and it makes them more visible. 
  • Make sure your child's costume leaves them able to see through any potential masks, hoods, or face paint. They need good visibility in order to be safe and aware of their surroundings!
  • In the same vein, make sure your child's costume allows them to be mobile. They should be able to easily move their arms and legs without feeling constrained, or have their costume not be so big that they trip over it.  
  • If you are decorating your home for Halloween, make sure it's well lit and any strings, light cords, and/or cables are clearly marked so others don't trip over them. 
  • If your kids are trick-or-treating without you, make sure they have designated times and/or places where they check in with you throughout the night!

In talking about holidays and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for the state of your property and injuries that occur as the result of your unkept and/or unsafe house and yard conditions.  This includes things like uneven sidewalks, poorly lit exterior spaces, hidden/dangling electrical cords that others could trip over, and other miscellaneous safety hazards.  

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes premises liability cases for those who have been injured on another person's property.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  


Thanks to SafeWise for many of the tips above!
http://www.safewise.com/blog/most-common-halloween-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen When You Least Expect Them

Unfortunately, The Post-Gazette recently ran a story about an area teen who was killed while he was walking home from his prom afterparty when he was killed by a driver. According to reports, the driver did not negotiate a curve properly and drove off the road, hitting and killing the young man who was walking home.  Alcohol may have played a factor in this accident.   The driver fled the scene and was later taken into custody.  

It is unbelievable that things like this continue to happen in our community.  It is your responsibility as a licensed driver in the state of Pennsylvania to not only drive your care with care and caution, but also be aware of other hazards on the road.  Drivers frequently share the road with bicyclists, motorcycle drivers, and pedestrians, especially in more residential areas.  

It is your duty as a member of your community to drive your car safely, responsibly, and with regard for the well-being and safety of others.  This is especially true to remember in cases where you've been drinking! Call a designated driver and save the life of not only yourself, but other innocent bystanders.  Also play it safe and do not engage in distracted driving, such as talking on your cell phone or texting.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central PA area attorney who takes cases where people have been injured or passed away due to the fault of another person, such as through ca, /pedestrian, bike, motorcycle, and truck accidents. For more information regarding his practice or to set up an initial consultation, please call his office at 814-946-4100.

To read the original Post-Gazette article, please click here:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2016/05/14/Teen-killed-walking-home-from-prom-afterparty-in-Indiana-County/stories/201605140118

Throwback Thursday: How To Prevent Your Child From Getting Struck By A Car This Halloween!

On the blog today is another holiday-themed Throwback Thursday! Learn some important information about safely trick-or-treating below.
Safety experts have long warned that Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians.  Excited trick or treaters can easily be struck by a vehicle.  At the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, we have experience handling cases in which pedestrians are struck by vehicles.  
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, would recommend that parents talk to their children about safety no matter how old they are before going out on Halloween night.  Some safety tips to help prevent injuries include:
  • Always cross at crosswalks
  • Carry flashlights
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Avoid masks that limit vision
  • Always keep your children in your line of vision  
You may also wish to pin emergency contact information to your child's costume in case an emergency occurs and you are not readily available to help. So be safe out there, and have a good time, but if the unfortunate does happen, Attorney Douglas Stoehr is here to discuss your potential claim. 
For those trick or treaters taking to the streets in Altoona, remember that "Trick or Treat Night," is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m.  However, dates and times may be different for outlying communities.  For dates and times in Hollidaysburg, Bellwood, Tyrone, and Roaring Spring check with your local municipality.  Again, please be safe and have fun. 

Distracted WALKING? What you need to know!

So, we know about car safety, bike safety, ATV safety, and motorcycle safety, but what about WALKING safety?  Many of us take walking for granted as a safe, healthy, and cost-effective way to get from place to place.  Unfortunately, many of us also practice some very unsafe habits that could lead us to getting seriously injured.  The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has taken pedestrian safety under their wing, since distracted drivers AND distracted pedestrians account for many person/vehicle collision, which no one wants to happen! 

According to GHSA, over 20% of pedestrians killed last year were the result of hit-and-run accidents.  Pedestrian accidents are on the rise, and 70% of the victims are male.  A great deal of pedestrian fatalities occur when law enforcement officers are hit outside of their vehicles.  These statistics are unacceptable! Both pedestrians and drivers need to do their part to make sure that they are safe, aware, and focused when traveling from place to place.
So, what can you do to remain safe while sharing the road with pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists?
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Walkers, choose routes that have sidewalks.  Stay out of bike lanes and try to avoid roads without a designated pedestrian walkway.  Drivers, be extra cautious when driving on roads that have winding curves, no sidewalk, or low visibility.  Walkers may be forced to use these roads, leaving them with reduced protection and an increased accident risk.
  • Don't be a distracted traveler!  Don't use your phone or other devices while you drive or walk.  Walkers, avoid using headphones when traveling.  You may not be able to hear an approaching car if your music is blasting too loud!
  • When a car is pulled over on the side of the road, move into the opposite lane!  Give anyone who may need to exit the car enough space to do so safely.  On the opposite side, if you are exiting a car on the highway, try to use the doors the furthest away from the road.  Also make sure to turn on your four-way lights, especially at night and in severe weather. 
  • Drivers, remember that, even if the pedestrian is the one who is distracted/at fault in an accident, you may face a potential lawsuit.  Be extra vigilant and don't expect pedestrians to move out of the way or see that you are approaching. 
Additionally, did you know this fact? If you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has at least one section on the incident report to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in serious danger.  Attorney Stoehr represents those injured through no fault of their own, including automobile and pedestrian accidents. Call today for your free case evaluation 814-946-4100.
Learn more about the GHSA's pedestrian safety study by clicking this link

These Numbers Are NO Good! Fatal Accidents Are On The Rise

Do you think that PA's drivers are getting safer as the years progress? So many laws have been put in place to protect drivers, passengers, and bikers from injury on our roads and highways that we must be safer drivers.  However, that is NOT the case.  Pennsylvania has seen a 7% increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents as compared to this time last year.  Although this is not as bad as the nationwide trend of a 14% increase, it is still alarming!  Over 500 people were killed in PA car accidents from January-June of this year.  In general, over half of our states reported increases in fatal accidents this year. 
According to an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, " Should the national trend continue at the same pace for the remainder of the year, total motor vehicle fatalities for 2015 could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007".  Additionally, " Motor vehicle injuries across the country for the first six months this year are estimated to be about 2.25 million, an increase of 30 percent from 2014".  These numbers are sobering and alarming, to say the least.  Some state officials are hypothesizing that this increase may be due in part to distracted driving.
If you were recently in a car accident due to the fault of another, it may be time to seek legal action.  This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all.  Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills.  If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  He also takes cases in the surrounding counties, including Bedford, Huntingdon, Clearfield,  Cambria, Mifflin, Jefferson, Somerset, and Fulton.  His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100. 
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